Meeting Minutes and ONE MORE BED Available at Arsenal Park!

Minutes are now available from last week’s organizing meeting! What a productive, awesome get-together: not only did everyone get as many seeds as they could use, we made huge strides in getting ideas for our educational workshops and community gatherings. We will post a full calendar of events soon!
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JOIN THE FUN THIS SPRING – Join a work group! To accomplish our goals in 2017, we need your help. Any in our community are welcome to join our planning team, even if you aren’t gardening with us! Contact us at kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com to be part of our community.
  • Education and Community Gatherings Team: Plan social gatherings and educational workshops throughout the growing season. Work with lead organizers to line up speakers, set calendar, and advertise events to the community.
  • Construction and Site Maintenance Team: Make design suggestions and plans for future site development (must be approved by IN City Parks). Work with volunteer team to establish regular work days and bigger construction events as needed.
  • Fundraising and Partnerships Team: Seek out funding sources, donation drives, and in-kind partnerships with assistance from lead organizers.
  • Volunteer Management: Organize volunteer days to work in the garden and serve as point of contact on work days (will likely work with construction/maintenance team closely).

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APPLICATIONS: We have one more garden bed available! 

  • All garden beds will be assigned by early March 2017. If you are interested in gardening with us, submit your application and waiver ASAP to be added to the waitlist!

SPRING KICKOFF: Seed Starting Workshop and Education Planning, 2/15/17, 6-7pm

The Keystone-Monon Community Garden, located at Arsenal Park, is kicking off its second season, and we are so excited to continue building community and growing together! Join us for a SEED GIVEAWAY, SEED STARTING WORKSHOP, and EDUCATION PLANNING meeting.

WHEN: Wednesday, 2/15/17, 6-7pm
WHERE: Glendale Public Library, 6101 N. Keystone Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220

NOTE: Applications for garden beds are now available! Full details: https://kmcommunitygarden.wordpress.com/garden-with-us 

flyer_meeting_20170215MEETING DESCRIPTION: This year, we are ramping up our offerings of free educational workshops for both our gardeners and our community and have an exciting partnership to share! We will also have plenty of seeds to give away, generously donated by Whole Foods Market in Carmel and Plantation Products, to get our future gardeners started. Finally, we’ll break folks up into different work groups for those who would like to get involved further.

All are welcome, and no gardening experience is necessary – just a desire to build community, learn, grow, and have fun with your neighbors. You don’t need to be a resident of Keystone-Monon to join.

“Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let’s stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another.” – Anne Raver

Meeting Minutes Available: Join a Work Group and Apply TODAY to Garden in 2017!

Minutes are now available from last week’s organizing meeting! The two big takeaways: it’s time to sign up for a work group to make our garden even more fantastic in 2017 AND applications are now available to garden with us next year! Join us!
WORK GROUPS: To accomplish our goals in 2017, we propose establishing teams to focus on primary garden tasks. Ideally, one or two gardeners would take on the “lead” position for each with other gardeners serving as part of the team to assist.
  • Co-Lead Organizer: Serve as primary point of contact alongside Christie K, especially for meeting planning and during get togethers. Having at least two folks in this position would be tremendous!
  • Education and Community Gatherings Team: Plan social gatherings and educational workshops throughout the growing season. Work with lead organizers to line up speakers, set calendar, and advertise events to the community.
  • Construction and Site Maintenance Team: Make design suggestions and plans for future site development (must be approved by IN City Parks). Work with volunteer team to establish regular work days and bigger construction events as needed.
  • Fundraising and Partnerships Team: Seek out funding sources, donation drives, and in-kind partnerships with assistance from lead organizers.
  • Volunteer Management: Organize volunteer days to work in the garden and serve as point of contact on work days (will likely work with construction/maintenance team closely).

APPLICATIONS: We are now accepting applications for the 2017 growing season! Gardeners in good standing from 2016 will have first priority and will have until2/15/17 to submit their application. After that date, additional garden beds will be assigned to new gardeners on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • All garden beds will be assigned by early March 2017. If you are interested in gardening with us, submit your application and waiver ASAP to be added to the waitlist!

Garden Organizing Meeting: Planning for 2017

This summer and fall have completely gotten away from us! Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post detailing all of the amazing work accomplished this summer – including the creation and planting of 20 raised garden beds in a neighborhood that previously had no shared gardening space! – but for now, we want to invite all to our upcoming meeting.

As we continue to grow in 2017, we need YOU – your help, your energy, and your valuable ideas!

Please join us for our next organizing meeting to review how far we’ve come and, most importantly, to identify our biggest needs, design plans, and goals for 2017. A few ideas have included creating a shade structure and seating area, little free library, more shared communal beds, and improved signage.

Applications are also now available for the 2017 growing season! (Current gardeners have until 2/15/17 to re-claim their garden bed; after that, garden beds will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Submit your application today!).

WHAT: Garden Organizing Meeting: Planning for 2017
WHEN: Tuesday, June 29, 6-7pm
WHERE: College Ave. Library, 4180 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205
TO BRING: Your bright ideas and your neighbors or family – anyone you know who wants to get more involved with their community!

All are welcome – you don’t have to be a resident of Keystone-Monon to be a part of this community endeavor.

 

2016. A garden building timeline.

A garden timeline: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016.

 

Without “Community,” It’s Just a Garden: Giving Thanks

Check out what our small but mighty team of volunteers accomplished last Saturday! They braved 45-55 mph winds to move the remaining soil and compost into our 20 raised garden beds. What does this mean? This means our community gardeners can get planting!

Please help us thank our neighborhood partners who made this last, very important piece of prepping the garden a reality:

  • Tiffany Lawn & Garden were a delight to work with and gave us deep discounts on soil and compost. Check them out: tiffanylawn.com.
  • Hoosier Tools donated the use of a Bobcat to allow us to move soil from the parking area to the garden. Thanks to Stephen Lee for this generous donation (317-466-5060). Hoosier Tools has all kinds of items available for rent: check them out at www.hoosiertoolrental.com.
  • Local landscaper Robert Sickle (317-224-8184) spent his Saturday morning moving 18 cubic yards of soil to the garden, which saved us from the backbreaking labor of moving it my wheelbarrow. Robert does beautiful work and provides free estimates!

 

Final Garden Bed Preparation Work Day, 4/2/16.

Final Garden Bed Preparation Work Day, 4/2/16.

Final Garden Bed Preparation Work Day, 4/2/16.

Final Garden Bed Preparation Work Day, 4/2/16.